Local level SAEC policies/data (Grand Island Town Police Department)

Vanessa Nason filed this request with the Grand Island Town Police Department of Grand Island, NY.

It is a clone of this request.

Due Aug. 22, 2017
Est. Completion None
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Awaiting Response

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From: Vanessa Nason

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the New York State Freedom of Information Law (1977 N.Y. Laws ch. 933), I hereby request the following records:

Any and all statistics, data, reports, audits, policies, and procedures pertaining to the following items regarding sexual assault evidence collection (SAEC) kits (also known as "rape kits") and processing:

• all standard operating procedures regarding the SAEC process

• any written policies or procedures regarding department practices on the acquisition of or handling of rape kit evidence, including protocols for its collection, testing, and delegation and transfer to all other possibly relevant locations, laboratories, or agencies

• the number of kits collected and booked into evidence from the period of January 1, 2000 through the date this request is processed

• the number of kits that have been processed by a public or private crime or forensic laboratory or equivalent processing location from the period of January 1, 2000 through the date this request is processed

• the number of unprocessed kits in any storage facilities currently under the department’s jurisdiction and control, including those held by medical personnel or at external laboratory locations

• any materials regarding the status or ultimate disposition of cases in which a kit was collected. Please include all available segregable data.

• all audits involving this agency regarding the collection or backlog of SAEC kits

• all proposed alterations or yet-to-be-implemented changes to the policies and procedures regarding the collection, testing, and use of SAEC kits

If there any questions about this request, please feel free to call us at the MuckRock office at 617-299-1832.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 5 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Vanessa Nason

From: Grand Island Town Police Department

A copy of documents responsive to the request.

From: Vanessa Nason

Thanks!

Do you happen to have any data for the following:

• the number of kits collected and booked into evidence from the period of January 1, 2000 through the date this request is processed

• the number of kits that have been processed by a public or private crime or forensic laboratory or equivalent processing location from the period of January 1, 2000 through the date this request is processed

• the number of unprocessed kits in any storage facilities currently under the department’s jurisdiction and control, including those held by medical personnel or at external laboratory locations

From: Wendy Valint

Dear Vanessa,

I am writing on behalf of the Town Clerk's Office on Grand Island. We are the office that initially receives your fax regarding the FOIL request originally submitted on August 12, 2017 and also the 9 follow-up requests. These have all been forwarded to the Grand Island Police Department and after your last request on September 26th, we called to verify they have been receiving the faxes because of the number of follow ups that have been sent. At that time it was confirmed that a response had been sent to you. Please review your emails and verify whether or not you still require information or if this request has been satisfied.

Thank you,
Wendy Valint
Deputy Town Clerk

From: Vanessa Nason

Hi Wendy,

I received information on examining crime scenes, but nothing specifically about rape/sexual assault. Do they have specific guidelines for these types of cases, as well as data on how many sexual assault evidence kits have been collected and how many kits have been tested?

Thanks,
Vanessa

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